Seriously, pay attention, because I am about to do y’all a HUGE public service. Like audiobooks, hate audiobooks, like middle grade, hate middle grade, doesn’t matter, because I have something you need to listen to, and by gum, you will like it.
How To Train Your Dragon is an audiobook. Here’s what you need to know:
The fantastic movie How To Train Your Dragon
is somewhat based off of a middle grade series by the same name (written by Cressida Cowell)
and all of the books are on audio
and are narrated by the Doctor David Tennant,
who, by the way, narrates everything in his natural, lovely Scottish brogue.
What? You need more convincing than that? Are you INSANE? Okay, fine.
The first bit of extra information you should know, you extremely stubborn person, is that though they share the same name, the stories in the book vs. the movie are wildly different, so it’s not like you’re sitting through the movie again, just without pictures. For instance, in the book, Hiccup is a redhead and is the one with all the dragon trivia, Spitelout remains his enemy (and in the book is called Snotface Snotlout), Astrid doesn’t exist, and Toothless is tiny, green, and talks. He is also truly toothless.
For those of you who love the movies as much as I do, this may seem like a bad thing, but it isn’t. Think of the books and movies as AUs (alternate universes) of each other. Both are populated by familiar faces (Hiccup, Stoick the Vast, Snotlout, Fishlegs, Toothless, etc.) that live similar but different lives. (Viking village lives on an island populated by dragons. Must train said dragons.) And both are hilarious and amazingly good. Seriously, you won’t even miss the movie version, I promise. It’s still waiting in your Blu-Ray player for you to enjoy, unmolested by the books, but the books will take you on a wild ride that you’ll love just as much.
Second point of interest is David Tennant’s narration. Set aside for a moment that 1) it’s David Tennant, and 2) his Scottish accent is divine. I never knew his character range was so diverse! Seriously, I wouldn’t have believed he narrated every single voice in the book without proof. Whether he’s doing Hiccup, booming Stoick, aristocratic Fireworm, sneering Snotlout, somewhat dense Fishlegs, stuttering Toothless, or the Sher Khan-like Green Death, Tennant is spot-freaking-ON. Except for when he spoke normally as the narrator, there was never a moment where I thought, “Oh yeah, there’s sexy David Tennant reading as so-and-so.” Instead, I was 100% engaged because the characters sounded so real. (Also, did I mention that he sings in the first book? Yeah.)
Third point is that the books as hilarious. I think I mentioned that, but it bears repeating. Ginger or not, Hiccup is still the same affable, mediocre hero that we love in the movie. He’s got the dry gallows humor going for him with his mournful moans and sly asides. Toothless is a bit annoying, but he’s also funny in that he’s like a stubborn, uncaring cat—you know, the kind that pukes in your shoes and then demands more food and refuses to come when you call. And let’s just be real here, you don’t know “funny” until you’ve listened to David Tennant swing from deep, gruff Stoick to mimicking the sound of a Viking festival horn. (From now on, in my head, all horns say “porp.”)
Point numero cuatro is how downright creepy the story can be. I love it when middle grade sheers away from the puppy dogs and rainbows that most people seem to expect from it. Don’t get me wrong, How To Train Your Dragon has a happy ending, but like the movie, the happy ending comes with a price. The book is very frank about death. These Vikings aren’t silly Vikings who hit people who bounce back cartoon-style. People and animals die. They die, and they don’t come back. Sometimes that’s a sad thing, and sometimes that’s just how life is. Honestly, as funny as the “Singing Dinner” bits were (you’ll know them when you hear them), they also gave me the creeps.
Of course, there are things to be said against the books. They are human-made works, after all, and therefore are flawed. And I did have some concerns, particularly regarding the complete lack of female characters. (Again, no Astrid.) But acknowledging a work’s flaws doesn’t mean I can’t still enjoy said work, and I did. I did enjoy this book, so. very. much.
So, have I convinced you yet? If, after all that, you’re not biting at the bit to go grab your own copy, I can’t help you. Seriously, get help. If, however, you do want to meet this AU Hiccup and his tiny Toothless, I offer you my congratulations on your excellent taste. I bought the first three audiobooks through Audible, which is something you can do as well, and of course you can find copies through the regular channels (Amazon, B&N, BAM, etc.) Or you could check your local library and/or your Overdrive app to see if there are free copies available that way. Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy yourself and think of me as “Singing Dinner” runs on an endless loop in your head.
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